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07-11-2007, 07:02 PM
Hello! I just joined this site today. I have been on LA Weight Loss for 25 days now. I would LOVE to meet others who are doing the LAWL program to discuss the ups and downs,etc.... I am currently on the Gold Plan. I am already getting bored with some of the food. Advice? Motivation? Thanks in advance for your help! I will reply to any comments! :):hug:

07-11-2007, 07:21 PM
not sure if my last message went through to you . i am trying to figure iut the website etc.i am new and would like someone to talk with about what is working for them. i also am so down about my weight. it is comforting to know others have some of the same feelings.

07-11-2007, 07:30 PM
hello to all, i am new to this blog thing. i think it is such a great thing. so happy to read that others have done well . how freeing it must be to lose a great deal of weight.i am 38 and am 255lbs. i am so miserable. i feel that my weight has ruined my self esteem. there is not a day that goes by that i don'tfeel horrible about myself. i have a great husband who is so loving and supportive of me. i need to feel good and lose weight for my well being. i have parents with heart disease and diabetes. i feel like a jerk cause i am headed in the direction of illness due to obesity. i feel like a failure when it comes to my weight.[not in other aspects of my life] anyone who wants to talk or share their feeling please write. i need support.

07-11-2007, 09:11 PM
I agree! It does help having people to talk to who are battling the same thing! My husband, and my soon-to-be 18 year old son, are thin as are most of my friends. I will turn 46 next month and I am trying to lose at least 50 lbs. I joined LAWL almost 4 weeks ago. I have lost 11 lbs. Its a good start but scary. This is so different for me. I have been living on pizza, fast food, and eating out. I am scared I can't keep this up. I am already growing tired of salad, fruit, and grilled chicken. I miss my pizza! :( BUT I am sick and tired of being sick and tired and having no energy and being in the biggest size clothing of my life! Thanks for reading this. We are all in this together.

07-11-2007, 09:49 PM
Hang in there--it get easier everyday and remember--there will come a time when your old favorites will be re-introduced but in the portions your body NEEDS not WANTS. Who knows--you may discover some new, healthier favorites. Good Luck and welcome

07-11-2007, 10:00 PM
Thanks! I can make it if I think I WILL be able to eat some of my old, comfort foods (like Pizza) occasionally, one day, even with a smaller portion. Right now, it is like letting go of an "old friend". :(

07-11-2007, 11:12 PM
There are lots of great recipe ideas here on the site, and I'd encourage you to pick up the LAWL cookbook...

Other than that, a lot of the recipes you made before LAWL have exchange equivalents on the plan.. Just think about some of the ways you used to make things and then what you can do with the limits of the plan to "re-image" it...

07-11-2007, 11:39 PM
Welcome to the site Marley and Mama!

Congrats on making this huge decision to change that low self esteem! That pizza is not your friend by the's what got you here! Believe me, I've only been on LAWL for 4 weeks, but already I feel like a new person. I feel like I finally get it. I finally have realized that I literally stuffed things in my mouth subconsciously.
I have been successful in almost every other part of my life except this. I've realized that I am a self-sabotager.
Between eating on plan, checking in with this site and regularly getting to the COD, you WILL succeed, you just have to let yourself.
Wish you both the best!! Join us on the losers and friends thread to get to know everyone!

07-12-2007, 12:36 AM
Hello all!!
I am on day one of LAWL and so far so good. This forum is awesome - and I am so encouraged by everyone else and their success... its great to know there is a support line and also that there is a way to converse with others in similar situations. I am not having any problems yet and so far all I can say is that it feels good just to be on the downhill slide of the scale rather then an uphill one.. Good luck to all!! (

Repo girl
07-12-2007, 09:00 AM
:welcome: Marley, Momma, and Becky. The best part about coming here is that you meet so many other people who have been through what you are going through.

:soap: About missing your pizza, I think that we all go through a "food mourning" kind of stage where we do miss our old food and old lifestyle. I can promise you though, as you continue to shed pounds, you will learn to love eating the good stuff, and your body will crave it. When people you know start commenting on your WL and how great you look, you will be even more encouraged to keep on going.

:soap: About self esteem, I have really been there on that one. When I was at my highest, somehow I had managed to forget about myself. I had 3 little kids, a job that was taking over my life, and I did not care anymore. I never put on makeup, did much with my hair, wore jewelry, nothing. I never bought new clothes. My mom would buy me clothes for Christmas and my birthday, that was about it. And they were mom clothes. Turns out, I don't really like mom clothes. I really like to buy my clothes in the Jrs dept, show a little cleavage and a little more skin, and look younger. When I started LAWL, I found this forum. One of the members suggested finding non food rewards to celebrate milestones in your weight loss journey. Suddenly, I was buying stuff for myself, a new feeling for me. I have used rewards like clothes, jewelry, shoes (I have a major ebay shoe addiction now), and makeup to cheer myself on. When I broke the 200 lb marker, I bought a new comforter for my bed. A ridiculously expensive one that I would have never purchased otherwise. I snuggled up in that blanket just last night when I went to bed, and it serves as a constant reminder to me. Anyway, point being, the more weight I lost, the better I felt most physically and emotionally, and it really shows. I am a total clothes whore now, I always do my hair and makeup, and I feel great about myself. Keep going, keep losing, keep eating right and drinking that water. You are worth it, and somewhere in there is the person that you used to be, just waiting to emerge and help you take your life back. I know that it can be done, because I have seen so many here do it. Just remember this one thing: You deserve to feel great, look great, and have good health. No one can do this for you, but you can definitely do this for yourself. Keep close to the forum, as you will need reminders and support from time to time. Your support and help will be needed by others on here as well. Have a great day!!!

07-12-2007, 10:14 AM
Awesome post Katie :)

07-12-2007, 11:15 AM
Shoes on ebay...hmmmm...never thought about that:)

Great words of inspiration, Katie. I totally agree with everything you said. As a matter of fact, I have found that not only do I not crave things that I used to eat to no end, but I have a very easy time saying no. Last night, we went to the china buffet...I did the hibachi grill for shrimp, beef, broccoli, and mushrooms - that was it. My DH said, "Don't you feel tempted to eat the saucey stuff or the desserts?" and I could honestly and whole-heartedly say no.
Maryley, Momma and Becky - your day will come, too. Like we've said time and time again...This plan works if you work the plan. Eventually the eating choices will become second nature.

07-12-2007, 11:28 AM
Really well said Katie!!

I too have found it easier to pass up on the old cravings... Some still hang around, like chips and crackers, but I no longer crave breakfast burritos and pizza.. I view them as a "once in a great while" reward...

Then again, my body is so used to eating healthy, that even if I did splurge, I'd feel horribly sick...

I guess my biggest reward has been the ability to wear old clothes and have an excuse to buy new stuff... As much as I'm a guy and don't really like shopping, it's been cool to get some new stuff that looks good...

07-12-2007, 12:09 PM
Welcome girls! The first two weeks will be hard... isn't that the truth for everything? It will be worth it!

About shoes on eBay... I too am addicted. To buying and selling. I just sold 10 pairs of shoes on there!

Repo girl
07-12-2007, 01:04 PM
C'mon Dan, tell me it did not feel awesome to see yourself on TV the other day with your new bod?!

Tina- Since I am such a shorty high pockets, I love platform shoes. Ebay is a great way to find a huge selection and great prices.

07-12-2007, 04:10 PM
I am back on the wagon after having drifted away from LAWL for a few months. I was 7 pounds from goal when my center closed, and I had to start going to a center more than half an hour away from my house. Then I got a full-time job, which meant that I could only go to the center on Saturdays. My kids had things going on Saturdays, so I started going less and less often. I realized that going once a week was not nearly as motivating as going three times a week, like I had been going. I tried to go it alone, tried Slimfast, tried my old WW materials, but finally realized that LAWL is the way to go. I decided to really commit to doing this myself, and FOR myself. No more playing games. I'm glad that I put the brakes on my weight gain at 15 pounds, rather than 60!

As to boredom, I ask people, "Would you like to have a slab of broiled chicken, some steamed broccoli, and a clump of rice?" Most say no. I like to get a can of no salt added tomatoes, and add it to some sauteed onions, peppers and garlic. Throw in a little oregano, basil, lite salt and ground pepper, simmmer for about half an hour, and you have a nice sauce to pour over your chicken breasts. You can indulge in a little pasta with that, too. Instead of eating microwaved broccoli, stir-fry it with some other vegetables, with a spash of lite soy sauce. Make a "fried rice" with PAM, your protein and a lot of colorful vegetables and a smidge of soy sauce. If it LOOKS boring, it will be boring to eat. Satisfy your eyes, as well as your stomach, with beautiful, colorful foods.

I enjoy cooking, and I know a lot of people don't. But I know that if I have some chicken and a nice assortment of vegetables in the house, I have the makings of a quick meal. My husband and kids prefer my "diet food" to junk, so I make enough for the whole family.

Good luck! This really is a great plan.

07-12-2007, 04:42 PM
Welcome to all the newbies! Katie - Wise words from you, as always.

As for someone to talk to... well, you've definitely found the right place. Join us in the Losers and Friends thread for our daily chatter. And don't worry about doing personals all the time, or even keeping up. Just jump in when you feel like it. We're a busy board, but we are probably the most supportive board you will find on the 'net. We're glad you found us.

07-12-2007, 08:26 PM
Well said Katie, you hit the tooth on the nail.

The cravings subside that I promise. To be honest, I indulged and ate regular potatoe chips yesterday morning (my body needed the salt Dan, you try working in a store with no AC on a day thats 98 degrees and 98% humidity)--and I know it's TMI but those chips came right back out, my body just wasn't used to the salt and fat combo.

As long as you plan, plan and plan some more, you'll find your body responds in so many ways that aren't reflected on the scale. I've said it before and I've said it again, I cut the caffiene, gave up the sugar, and quit fast food--that's so much more than any number loss on the scale can give me. Granted while I didn't have the scale loss going from a 14 to an 8 definitely made the difference.

07-12-2007, 10:35 PM
I just joined LAWL and today was my first day. So far so good but who knows. I am hoping that I can do this because I am sick and tired of being fat. I was thin for a few years after WW and then I injured myself running and slowly gained back 90lbs (after losing 138). I need something different and hope that this is it. I was so surprised that I was able to have STEAK for dinner. It's not something I'm used to eating and not feeling guilty. We CAN and WILL do this!!

07-12-2007, 10:51 PM

if you don't mind, i'm going to pretend that note you wrote to the other newbies was really for me!!!! :D This plateau I seem to be in had me thinking about some of those 'old' foods....big time - good to know that this WILL pass!!!

laura - a week old newbie...

07-13-2007, 12:18 AM
Jsully, I hear you. I was not only tired of being fat, but I got jolted into action when I saw a lot of people who were not a great deal older than I was having major health problems. I did not want to live the rest of my life with heart disease or diabetes. Two acquaintances of my family actually died of heart attacks in their early 50s. I joined LAWL with the money I received for my 45th birthday. I had joined a gym three months prior, so I was already used to working out. I am healthier now, though not skinnier, than I was in my 20s. Eating right and working out has given me a lot more stamina than I used to have.

I decided that I needed to do this for me and my health, knowing that other good things (like smaller clothing sizes, etc) would follow. It was nice recently when my daughter told me, "Mom, you look so nice. I can't remember you as a fat person anymore." I want to keep it that way!

07-13-2007, 01:15 AM
Hey Marleymom and Mama23 -- Welcome.

I am finishing my second week on LA. Here are some things I am doing that are working for me:

1. I carry a small cooler in my car everywhere I go. I put fruit, raw veggies, water and the LA Lite Bars in it. I found my errands were taking longer than I planned and I needed the cooler to be handy for snacking.

2. At first I would try to eat a whole serving of a particular fruit (like strawberries) but sometimes I just didn't want that many strawberries so now I will do 1/2 serving of strawberries and 1/2 serving of some other fruit (like blueberries). This keeps it from getting boring, too.

3. Most importantly: I found this forum. There are so many fabulous folks on here with lots of experience, information, and words of support. Visit often and be inspired by there stories. Several have links to their photo albums of their weight loss adventure. I find these extremely motivating. It always frustrated me to see a person on a commercial say "I lost ___ pounds on the ____ system" and then see the big asterick "*" results not typical. But here you will only find REAL people leading REAL lives with REAL results that are typical!

Best of Luck!:lucky:

Repo girl
07-13-2007, 09:30 AM

if you don't mind, i'm going to pretend that note you wrote to the other newbies was really for me!!!! :D This plateau I seem to be in had me thinking about some of those 'old' foods....big time - good to know that this WILL pass!!!

laura - a week old newbie...

Well, maybe it was. Sometimes I just feel like I need to share something with you guys, that someone needs to hear it. And your plateau will pass, I promise!

07-17-2007, 02:27 PM
I am also new to this forum. I just started la for the 3rd time. Any words of encouragement? Good luck everyone, you are inspiring.

07-17-2007, 02:49 PM
Welcome! Feel free to jump in anywhere. You will find most of our daily chatter, about weight loss and general life, is in the losers and friends thread.

07-17-2007, 03:01 PM
Katie that was a great post and right on target. I think any of us who have been on the program for a while can agree once you start losing the weight you start feeling better about yourself. Good luck to all the newbies on the plan and the site. I'm fairly new to the site and I can tell you I feel like I've been welcomed with open arms! Good luck on your journey!

07-17-2007, 10:17 PM
Hi! I am also a newbie..actually a pre-newbie since I go to my first consult tomorrow evening. I am excited to get started melting these 85 extra pounds away!

07-17-2007, 11:54 PM
I just thougt of a funny. When I first started the program I wasn't very creative with my foods. One evening after work I was telling my DD who is 4 that we were having chicken and whatever the veggies were that night. Her response was "Naked Chicken again Mom?" I knew right then if I was going to stay on this I had to do something to spice it up. I immediately bought the LAWL cookbook at the next WI and made the Baked Ck Parmesan. It was delish and the whole family enjoyed wasn't naked either. Tonight I had Flounder with lemon pepper (no salt of course Dan), garlic, and parsley. She ate it up! I'm thrilled because she is learning at an early age how to eat right.

07-18-2007, 12:59 AM
Hey, I was wondering how good the cookbook is. Do you remember how much you paid for it? Just trying to decide if it's worth it!

07-18-2007, 01:42 AM
I just thougt of a funny. When I first started the program I wasn't very creative with my foods. One evening after work I was telling my DD who is 4 that we were having chicken and whatever the veggies were that night. Her response was "Naked Chicken again Mom?" I knew right then if I was going to stay on this I had to do something to spice it up. I immediately bought the LAWL cookbook at the next WI and made the Baked Ck Parmesan. It was delish and the whole family enjoyed wasn't naked either. Tonight I had Flounder with lemon pepper (no salt of course Dan), garlic, and parsley. She ate it up! I'm thrilled because she is learning at an early age how to eat right.

Aww Katy... You've only been here a short time and yet you know me so well.. :lol:

Welcome Summer!! We're here to help you lose those pounds, as long as you help us lose our!!!

Amylou.. I don't remember how much we paid for it, but for the soup and dessert recipies alone, it was worth it!!

07-18-2007, 09:56 AM
Seems like the cookbook was about $20 "on sale". I have used it alot so I highly recommend it. I know on one thread someone mentioned that their COD told them to hold off on purchasing because a "new cookbook" was coming out. It will be interesting to see if it is all new stuff or some of the same recipes.

07-18-2007, 10:43 AM
Welcome Summer!!! :wave:

Amy - yes, the cookbook is worth it. I don't use it as often as I should, but it's good to have it available. My DH gets tired of "naked chicken", too! :)

07-18-2007, 01:36 PM
$20 is a great price. It's usually about $42. But even at that price I think it was worth it!

07-18-2007, 01:40 PM
Well, I guess it was really on sale then. I had no idea!

07-18-2007, 02:38 PM
"Naked Chicken" LOL I love it! Maybe we are eating "naked chicken" so WE won't be chicken to be seen naked! LOL

07-18-2007, 02:45 PM
"Naked Chicken" LOL I love it! Maybe we are eating "naked chicken" so WE won't be chicken to be seen naked! LOL

:lol3: Good one!

07-18-2007, 03:04 PM
Marleymom, I am already 46 and currently weigh about 55 pounds less than my personal high weight. I lost most of it on LAWL. So I know it can be done, and even by people who have been trying for years (ok Decades) to get the weight off. I did Jenny Craig about 15 years ago, and I lost, but the weight came back on fairly quickly. I've already maintained this weight loss for a time. It does take commitment to change your habits. You might lose slower on LAWL than other plans, but it is a healthy rate. I never ever thought that I would be a size 8 and it was one of the most exciting times of my life to go to a store and try on a whole slew of size 8 pants and zip every single one of them without a struggle. I was amazed! The cravings pass... It takes about a month and they start to dwindle. You can have some stuff and stay on plan...

07-18-2007, 04:34 PM
Hello everyone! I am having a hard time navigating through this site. I just joined 6 days ago and have lost 3.8lbs! I am pretty pumped up! I am a adult lifetime dieter and I am sick of worrying about it! Anyone in Oklahoma? I would love to exchange recipes and tips for LAWL! Thanks!

07-18-2007, 05:23 PM
Welcome Steph :wave: Keep browsing through the'll find lots of great information here. At the top of the page, you'll find links to all kinds of recipes - from appetizers to desserts!! We're all here to support each other.

Repo girl
07-18-2007, 06:14 PM
Welcome Steph!

07-18-2007, 10:55 PM
Thanks BarbaraB! I appreciate it!!! :)